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There’s been a lot of acute commentary on the Newsweek-in-the-media-toilet/Koran-in-the-Gitmo-toilet story. It makes the excellent point that rioting Moslems murderously freaking out over this cannot be looked upon with respect and seriousness.

Just imagine, goes one analogy, if upon hearing Al Jazeera published a story about Al Qaeda sympathizers in Pakistan desecrating the Bible, Southern Baptists in Alabama went berserk with rage, attacking a Birmingham mosque and killing everybody inside. How tolerant and forgiving would world and American media be towards their humiliation and bruised feelings?

But of course this would never happen, because Southern Baptists, like other Christians, are civilized. Once again, it turns out, Moslems have disgraced their religion with uncivilized behavior.

There’s also been a lot of justified disgust directed at Newsweek for publishing the equivalent of yelling fire in a crowded theatre. The MSM’s reputation has been taken down another notch, which is a definite social good. Let’s hope Newsweek’s paid circulation drops concomitantly.

Yet there is another silver lining to this sorry episode that may have long term benefits to our national security. It has to do with the identity of Michael Isikoff’s source for the KoranToilet story.

It looks like Isikoff was suckered. It’s not easy to do this. Isikoff is a very savvy guy who would never use a questionable source for such a story. He had to be convinced his source was solid. Yet it turns out the story was a lie – and Isikoff’s source knew it.

So who was Isikoff’s source for KoranToilet and why did he lie?

We don’t know his name, but it’s pretty sure he’s a CIA Rogue Weasel.

You read about the Rogue Weasels at Langley back in October last year in The CIA in Deep Qaaqaa . You learned that Langley has long been a left-wing warren, infested with folks so far on the left they would embarrass Teddy Kennedy. Since then, CIA Director Porter Goss has fired or pushed to quit scores of them.

The Weasels hate Bush and want him to fail. One of them, now ex-CIA, desirous of damaging Bush’s progress with democratizing the Moslem world, who could plausibly claim access to classified information about interrogation at Gitmo and whom Isikoff had used as a source before, foisted KoranToilet on Isikoff.

So where’s the silver lining? It’s that the Weasels have poisoned their well. No reputable journalist is going to believe any of them from now on. Isikoff will never publicly disclose his source’s identity. But all his colleagues in the MSM world know how he got burned.

The Left has damaged one of their most powerful ways to influence the media: Langley lefties whispering super-secret tips into journalists’ ears. The Weasels are going to have a lot harder time peddling anti-Bush, anti-America lies. That’s a silver lining worth a riot in Pakistan.